A Master's in Business Administration degree, often referred to by the initialism MBA, prepares students to enter the global business world with a balance of personal and financial skills. MBA programs are intended for professionals who already have a number of these abilities, and so each program has a unique way of turning academic skills into practical use on the job market, especially as a manager or a high-level executive. Many students also wish to remain professionally engaged while they're pursuing their degree, and with online programs students gain a large amount of flexibility, while receiving the same quality education as on-campus students.
FINDING AN MBA DEGREE
Most Master's in Business Administration programs share a number of things, such as their core subject matter and basic requirements for admission. Most programs will have courses such as Strategic Management, Managerial Economics, and Marketing Essentials. Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate degree – not necessarily in business or a related field – and to be able to prepare a cover letter explaining their interest in pursuing a management career in business. While these foundational elements may be similar among programs, universities also differentiate themselves through key factors such as elective requirements, concentration options, delivery methods, and supplemental opportunities. Students who are more comfortable in the virtual classroom might consider programs that have higher credit hour requirements or which offer a larger number of elective course choices. While students looking to step outside of their comfort zone sometimes benefit from programs with international study opportunities or internship requirements, which make practical experience a requirement of their degree.
This variety of different programs and structures allow students flexibility when considering their future careers. Degree specializations might cover finance, information systems, accounting, human resources, or even equestrian management! Students can therefore get as specific or general as they wish with their studies, even possibly pursuing a General MBA without a specialization, depending on how narrowly they would like to tailor their education. Online students also have the option of attending on-campus events, on-campus courses, or working with professional service offices from their universities to gain extra professional connections and assistance. With all these advantages, it's no surprise that post-MBA managers often earn salaries easily within six figures, with specific jobs such as Human Resource Manager earning a median annual salary of $113,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS also predicts that this job market, along with many others in the business world, will grow by as much as 9% over the coming decade, translating to more than 12,000 new jobs!
RANKING THE 30 BEST ONLINE MBA IN PENNSYLVANIA
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#1. LEHIGH UNIVERSITY
Lehigh athletes are inspired to always "come in clutch" by their school mascot: Clutch the Mountain Hawk. Lehigh University has an online Master of Business Administration program referred to as the Flex MBA. The Flex MBA program includes 36 credit hours of coursework, which can be completed in a little over two years, depending on how many prerequisites that students are required to complete. Students begin with core courses such as Financial Reporting for Managers & Investors, Introduction to the Organization & Its Environment, and Managing Financial & Physical Resources. Students may dedicatee some of their five electives courses toward a concentration in international business or supply chain management, among others. The program ends with a capstone course that seeks to blend together the knowledge students have gained from each of their core courses.
Students entering the program are expected to have prerequisite knowledge in subjects of financial accounting, statistics, and the principles of economics. Students who lack this background must complete it as a part of the MBA; however, it is not required to be completed before beginning graduate coursework. The Flex MBA requires students to attend an on-campus orientation, generally scheduled in late August. The orientation is intended to help students to make an easier personal and academic transition into graduate life. Other concentration options not listed above include corporate entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, and project management. Most concentrations require four electives in the relevant subject, but some require students to take only three relevant elective courses.
#2. CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
Carnegie Mellon has more than a dozen degree-granting locations on every continent except Antarctica. CMU is home to a Master of Business Administration program offered in a hybrid format that blends online and on-campus coursework. The part-time online hybrid program requires students to complete in-person courses during six weekends per year, known as access weekends. The program is designed to last 32 months, with courses delivered through synchronous online meetings two evenings per week. Classwork is then further supplemented by the in-person meetings between each minimester, where students meet with peers, professors, and alumni from the program. The program curriculum has a dual focus on strategic analytics and leadership development. Students are also required to complete at least one concentration in the program, with many students choosing to pursue three or four.
The Online Hybrid program begins in September, with students typically bringing two to ten years of professional work experience into the program. Each student in the program receives help in crafting a personalized professional development plan, designed to streamline their academic pursuits to best meet their professional goals and needs. The Access Weekend meetings are generally held in Pittsburgh, Silicon Valley, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. Carnegie Mellon offers students the option to pursue concentrations in Business Technologies, Strategy, Operations Management, and Operations Research, among others. There is a $200 application fee as a part of the admissions process and the Fall 2020 application will be available on August 15th, 2019. Students from the online program can transfer into the full-time program quite easily, because of their identical structures.
#3. VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
Villanova is a private, Catholic university that was originally founded by the Order of St. Augustine. Villanova offers an online Master of Business Administration program that includes 48 credit hours of coursework, along with a Residency Experience. The program is designed for students to complete in two years, with the curriculum divided between the function core, Villanova School of Business pillars, and electives. Core courses cover more subject-based classes, such as Business Operations and Corporate Finance. Pillar courses are centered more around leadership and management skills, including Management for Innovation and Creativity and Global Political Economy. There are also specialization options for students in the program, including options such as Finance, Marketing, Strategic Management, Analytics, or International Business. The program ends with a final capstone course.
Applicants should have two letters of recommendation (professional or academic) and should be able to submit either GRE or GMAT scores. It is possible to enter the program during any semester, including summer. The final capstone course may be replaced by a seven-day international immersion course. Students in the global immersion travel abroad to a country whose economy is considered "emerging", where they then work with international organizations to confront the unique challenges that they encounter in developing markets. There is also an option at the midpoint of the program to complete the Social Enterprise Consulting Practicum, which involves teams of students working for an organization focused on the common good and community development.
#4. UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON
The University of Scranton athletic teams are named the Royals and the Lady Royals, and their mascot is Iggy the Royal Wolf. Scranton's Master of Business Administration program is an online program that requires students to complete 36 credit hours of semester coursework. Scranton offers students the choice to pursue either a General Online MBA or to pursue one of their specialization track options. Scranton offers eight specializations, including Finance, Human Resources, and Healthcare Management. The curriculum for the program is broken out between core courses and advanced electives, as well as required bookend courses at the beginning and end of the program. The rest of the program is considered flexible, as students have latitude in choosing the number of core and elective courses that they wish to pursue. Students in a concentration must take at least three relevant courses, and all students must take at least one international course.
Each student in the MBA program begins and ends their degree with the same two courses. Students start with a Cornerstone Course titled Responsibility, Sustainability, and Justice. They then finish with the Capstone Course titled Business Policy. Applicants without sufficient undergraduate coursework in business-related topics may be required to complete Foundation Modules which will be indicated on their offer letter. Students may be asked to complete up to four of these foundation courses. The other specialization options that were not listed above include Enterprise Resource Planning, Business Analytics, Operations Management, Business Analytics, and International Business. There are six start dates available throughout the year, and students have up to six years to complete the requirements for the degree.
#5. TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
Temple University is one of the largest universities in Pennsylvania, with more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled as of 2017. Temple's Master of Business Administration program, offered through the Fox School of Business, requires only 20 months to complete. The Fox MBA requires 48 credit hours structured through a "hop-on, hop-off" curriculum that gives working professionals maximum flexibility for designing their degree program. The hop-on, hop-off element involves a curriculum carousel which rotates classes continuously and allows students to pursue one class at a time, as their schedule permits. Students also have 18 different concentration options to choose from in the program. Fox MBA students can focus on Sports Business, Health Sector Management, Corporate Compliance, or Entrepreneurship, among others.
The first course in the program is a residency course on Leadership, which sets the foundation for the later portions of online learning. The typical class profile for the Fox MBA includes an average age of 36 with 12 years of work experience. Students averaged an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and represented 17 different professional industries. Start dates are available three times per year in May, August, and January. The hop-on, hop-off curriculum is specifically designed to be advantageous for professionals who travel frequently for work, including military members deployed overseas. Courses last five weeks, to allow for full topic-immersion. Temple's online learning platform for the program includes thousands of HD, mobile-friendly videos and live class sessions delivered through web conferencing tools.
#6. DREXEL UNIVERSITY
Drexel's online graduate programs date back to 1996 when the school offered a Master's in Library & Information Sciences as its first online Master's degree. The Drexel online Master of Business Administration is organized into four ten-week quarters, which is intended to help students take more courses in a shorter time. Required courses include Essentials of Financial Reporting, Business Problem Solving, and Strategy Analysis. Drexel also requires students to complete an experimental component of their degree program, which involves an intensive on-campus residency. These three or four-day residencies cover topics such as Leading for Innovation, Agile Project Management, Negotiations for Leaders, and Leadership in Sport Management. Students also complete nine elective credits and nine concentration credits for a program total of 49 credit hours of coursework.
Drexel has a number of different MBA programs available to students, including full-time and part-time programs at its main campus, as well as a part-time program at the Malvern campus and a modular-based Executive MBA program. Concentrations available in the online MBA program include Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, as well as General Business. Drexel also provides students with the opportunity to pursue graduate minors, which allows them to further supplement their learning in subjects such as economics and operations research. The Drexel MBA can be completed in as few as 18 months, and students have up to five years to complete the degree requirements. There are also dual degree and graduate certificate programs available for students to pursue.
#7. WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY
The West Chester marching band is known as the "Incomparable" Golden Rams, who have more than 300 members and have even performed at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade! West Chester University offers an online Master of Business Administration program made up of 10 courses and 30 credit hours. The courses are pre-set in the program, beginning with Strategic Cost Management and Financial Analysis and Valuation. Students continue to courses that cover effective leadership, supply chain management, innovation, law, and finance. The course sequence then concludes with a Strategic Management and Planning course, which is an in-depth examination of business strategies through strategy-oriented case studies. West Chester has five terms per year, with each term last seven weeks. Full-time students take more than one class per term, while part-time students may enroll in just one course per term.
West Chester's online MBA was rated as one of the Top 100 Online MBAs in America in 2018 by U.S. World News & Report. West Chester has also been noted for its support of veteran students, helping to reduce the cost of education for service members. Applications to the MBA program are processed year-round. Students may qualify for a GMAT waiver if they have significant work experience or high levels of undergraduate academic performance. Students below the normal undergraduate threshold for admissions, around 3.0 to 3.3, may be able to receive provisional admission to the program. Applicants to the program should have a minimum of two years of work experience and upwards of five years, depending on their undergraduate major and GPA.
#8. LA SALLE UNIVERSITY
La Salle University is a Roman Catholic university that was founded in 1863 by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. La Salle is home to a Master of Business Administration program with a curriculum designed to give students experience with the real-world application of business theory. Students can complete the 33-39 credit hours of required coursework in as few as 14 to 16 months. They also have the opportunity to pursue a specialization in any of the following topics: Accounting, Business Systems & Analytics, Finance, Management, and Marketing. Coursework in the program is divided between three to four core courses, three specialization courses, four executive preparation courses, and the final capstone course.
Each course in the program lasts a total of eight weeks. La Salle has over 5,000 MBA alumni and its MBA program is more than 40 years old. Applicants to the program are considered on a holistic basis, with no specific required criteria for admission. Students must submit GRE or GMAT scores unless they qualify for a score waiver through work experience, certification, or undergraduate GPA. There are five different start dates available each year. La Salle also offers an online Master of Science degree in Nursing, with specializations available in Family Nursing and Adult Nursing. Students who did not successfully complete courses in relevant subject matter with a grade of at least "B" will be required to take foundational courses in accounting, finance, or economics.
#9. DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY
Duquesne University is the only Spiritan institution of higher education in the world, meaning that they are associated with the Roman Catholic Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne has an online Professional Master of Business Administration program set up in a flexible format that allows students to complete their MBA in as little as two years, full-time or part-time. International students can even complete the online program from their home country. It is a 36 credit hour program focused on the following areas of business: responsible leadership, entrepreneurial mindset, sustainability principles, and cultural intelligence. These topics are covered through courses such as Global Business, Managing Information, and Executive Insights. Students who wish to finish the program should take three courses per semester, while students who wish to complete the program in 16 months must take four courses per semester.
Students who plan on completing most of their coursework online are recommended to start the program in either the summer or fall semester, for reasons of course availability. Classes are also offered in the evening at Duquesne's downtown campus. Applications to the program are considered on a holistic basis, and applications are considered in three rounds for each semester. The availability of spots for the program depends upon which round that students are applying for. If spots are still available after the third round of applications, then applications will then be considered on a rolling basis. Previously earned terminal degrees, work experience, or undergraduate GPA can earn a student a waiver for submitting GRE/GMAT scores.
#10. MESSIAH COLLEGE
Messiah College offers a wide range of church-based activities for students to engage in, including the weekly "Powerhouse", which is a student-led worship service. Messiah's online Master of Business Administration requires 36 credit hours of coursework, including courses delivered in either eight or six-week long formats. Students complete the program with a capstone course that involves working with a faculty member and a chosen organization to evaluate real business issues for the organization and recommend improvements. MBA students in the program can choose to pursue one of five concentration areas: Dietetics, Digital Marketing, Management, Social Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Leadership. At least nine credits toward the MBA degree must be from concentration coursework or an internship related to the student's concentration.
Messiah college sustains something called the "what you see is what you pay" tuition, as they do not add on any fees on top of tuition. Applicants to the program are expected to have a minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Students must also submit at least one letter of recommendation and a 300-500 word personal statement. The next available start dates for the program are August 25, October 25, and January 5. Messiah's motto is "Christ Preeminent", which owes to their status as a Christian college, integrating Biblical principles and teachings into the classroom. Messiah's programs emphasize the relationship between faith and service, encouraging students to deepen their understanding of community justice.
#11. WIDENER UNIVERSITY
Widener University has had a wide variety of names throughout its history, including both the Bullock School for Boys at its founding and the Pennsylvania Military College from 1892 to 1972. Widener's Master of Business Administration program consists of 33 credit hours of coursework, divided between 24 hours of core courses and nine hours of elective courses. Elective courses generally relate to a chosen concentration, from the three options offered in the Widener online program. The three options for online MBA specializations are Business Process Innovation, General Management, and Healthcare Management. Core courses from the program include Managerial Economics in an Innovative Environment, Accounting and Managerial Decision Making, and Leading Organizations and People. Some sample electives may include Business Process Management, Management of Change, and Managing Community Health.
There are both full-time and part-time opportunities in the Widener MBA program. The full-time, on-campus version of the MBA program includes other options for concentrations, such as Taxation, Tourism & Hospitality Management, and Enterprise Resource Planning. Widener MBA students are required to complete four non-credit professional development workshops to graduate from the MBA program. These workshops are offered twice each semester and last three hours. All students are required to complete the Ethics PDW, while the other three may be on topics of the student's choosing. MBA students must complete all degree requirements within five years of entering the program. One of the learning objectives of the program is for students to be able to evaluate an organization's corporate governance principles and code of ethics.
#12. GANNON UNIVERSITY
While its primary campus is located in the eerily named Eire, PA, Gannon also opened a doctoral branch campus in Ruskin, FL in 2015. Gannon is home to an online Master of Business Administration program, delivered through seven-week courses of 21 core credits and nine elective credits. The available concentrations for the program are finance, management, and marketing. Core courses cover topics such as accounting, supply chain management, financial management, and leadership/business ethics. The final course in the program is a Business Policy and Strategy course, which integrates the coursework from all core courses. Online MBA students may register as part-time and take one course per term or may take two classes at a time and register as full-time.
Gannon's MBA program has more than 1,600 alumni working as CEOs, Treasurers, Managing Partners, and a wide range of other careers. A number of other students have continued their academic career by earning their doctorates or becoming higher-education professionals themselves. Applicants to the program are required to have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2, or else they may be admitted under provisional status. All applicants must submit a GMAT score as a part of the admissions process unless they earn a waiver. Students are not permitted to switch from online to on-campus once they have completed at least one semester of coursework.
#13. UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
The University of Pittsburgh has an endowment of more than $4 billion, which includes nearly $1 billion dedicated solely to research and development. Pitt offers an online Professional Master of Business Administration program. The hybrid format of the program blends together online and in-person learning, to give students both the flexibility and personal attention that graduate education requires. The program is designed to last between one to four years, depending on a student's enrollment status. Students choose a concentration area from one of six options, such as Finance, Marketing, and Operations. Students may even choose to pursue more than one specialization during their program. The Professional MBA requires 51 credit hours of coursework, including 22.5 hours of core courses, with the rest being composed of electives.
Applicants who can demonstrate strong quantitative and verbal skills through a combination of their academic record and professional work experience will receive a waiver for submitting GRE/GMAT scores as a part of the admissions process. In addition to the MBA program, Pittsburgh also has a 15-credit graduate certificate in Business Analytics. Start dates for the Professional MBA program are available three times a year in August, January, and May. The most recent Professional MBA cohorts average a little under five years of work experience, with an average GPA of 3.29 and 562 average GMAT score. Students may transfer in up to 17 credits into the Professional MBA program or up to 19 for the full-time program.
#14. DESALES UNIVERSITY
While the current DeSales mascot is a french bulldog, up until 2001 the team was represented by a centaur, which earned them the name "Allentown College Centaurs". The DeSales University Master of Business Administration program offers 13 different concentration options to choose from to best prepare students for their future career. There are 12 courses in the program curriculum, which includes seven core courses, three concentration courses, one elective, and the final capstone course. Some of the concentrations available to MBA students are Information Systems, Lean Six Sigma, Data Analytics, and a Self-Design option. In the capstone course, students consolidate their knowledge from all of their previous courses by pairing up with a classmate to run their own company in a competitive simulation experience.
Applicants to the program are required to submit three letters of recommendation. Applicants who do not have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA may be required to submit GMAT scores for admission. Foundation courses may be required for students who do not have sufficient quantitative or business-related coursework in their undergraduate record. There are up to five foundation courses that a student may be asked to take before beginning their MBA coursework. In addition to the MBA concentrations, DeSales also has five different graduate certificate programs. Other concentration options not listed above include Financial Planning, Healthcare Management, Project Management, and Marketing, among others.
#15. DELAWARE VALLEY UNIVERSITY
Originally founded in 1896 as the National Farm School, Delaware Valley University has expanded its curriculum and gained full university status in 2014. DelVal offers an online Master of Business Administration program, which has no GMAT requirement for admission. 21 credit hours of the program are dedicated toward core courses, such as Managerial Accounting for Decision Makers and Organizational Dynamics. The final course of the program is an Executive Capstone Seminar, which involves critical analysis of strategic management case studies and emphasizes integrative decision-making. Students in the program also choose a specialization to pursue, which can be Accounting, Food and Agribusiness, General Business, or Supply Chain Management. Students complete three courses related to their specialization, such as Topics of International Food and Agribusiness.
Students can choose to make the program a hybrid, where they take courses both on-campus and online. Delaware Valley uses a rolling admissions process and offers students seven different entry points throughout the year. Faculty members are chosen for their practical knowledge, which allows them to offer real-world applications of course concepts to students. No GMAT is required as long as a student has an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7. Students beneath this threshold may be required to submit scores. There are no minimum per-term credit requirements for students. Delaware's MBA includes a Featured Elective Program, which helps to keep the program curriculum fresh by offering elective courses related to today's most important business topics, or even topics requested by students.
#16. SAINT JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY
Saint Joseph's University is a Jesuit university, whose school mascot is a Hawk, which while in costume never stops moving its wings. St. Joe's has an online Master of Business Administration program, which requires 53 credit hours of coursework. Courses in the program are divided between foundation, gateway, core, concentration, and cross-functional capstone courses. Core courses cover things such as Shareholder Value Management and Marketing Strategy, while Gateway courses cover business ethics. Concentration courses relate to a student's chosen area of interest, which can include Finance, Health and Medical Services Administration, and International Marketing. Students must complete three courses in their given concentration, and most concentration areas offer as many as 13 different elective options. The capstone courses involve Global Business Strategy, including real-world simulations of business environments.
Applications to the program are considered on a rolling basis. New students may enroll in courses during the fall, spring, or either of the two summer semesters, as well as in courses during any of eight times throughout the academic year. GRE/GMAT scores are required for admission and must be from within the past seven years. Foundation courses from the program curriculum may not be required for students with qualifying/sufficient undergraduate record in subjects such as Financial Management or Managerial Economics. In addition to its more traditional concentrations, Saint Joseph's also offers students the opportunity to pursue a Data Intelligent MBA Track, which allows students to focus on the application of business and data analytics.
#17. MARYWOOD UNIVERSITY
Living up to the promise of its name, Marywood is home to a national arboretum, which houses over 100 different types of trees and shrubs. Marywood offers an online Master of Business Administration program, which is designed to prepare students to become ethically, socially, and environmentally responsible business leaders. The Marywood program can be completed in as few as two years, with students taking 36 credit hours of courses. Online courses are delivered in real-time but are also recorded as references. Faculty members from the program have held senior positions at organizations such as General Motors, Harper Collins, Exxon, and the Internal Revenue Service. Students may choose from three areas of concentration in the program, which are Finance and Investment, General Management, and Management Information Systems.
Applicants are encouraged to submit GMAT scores as a part of the admissions process, but they are not required. Applicants are also required to have averaged at least a "B" during their undergraduate studies or to have demonstrated potential from graduate study in some other capacity. Students interested in the Management Information Sciences concentration have additional prerequisites that must be met. For example, MIS Concentration students must know at least two different programming languages, such as COBOL, RPG, C/C++, Visual Basic, or Java. Students who lack the core business background may be required to complete one-credit modules on relevant subject matter that are prepared by the Marywood School of Business.
#18. SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITY
Shippensburg, PA, the namesake of Shippensburg University, got its name from Edward Shippen, who owned the patent for the land the town was built on. The Shippensburg University online Master of Business program requires students to complete ten three-credit courses (for a program total of thirty credit hours). Students who take two courses each semester, including summer, are able to complete the program in only two years. Classes last eight weeks and each course has a component that adds an international emphasis to the subject matter. Seven core courses cover 21 hours of the requirements, two electives then add another six hours, and students complete the program with a capstone course. The Strategic Management capstone course may be taken once a student has taken at least four MBA core courses.
The program is almost entirely asynchronous, but students may be required to be available for certain exams in a synchronous fashion. Applicants to the program should have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and most students will be required to submit GMAT scores. Students with at least five years of post-graduate work experience may be allowed to waive the GMAT requirement. Applicants without work experience must have undergraduate experience in quantitative analysis, computer usage, and oral/written communications, as well as prerequisite knowledge in economics, finance, organizational behavior, marketing, and operations management. Students who lack these requirements may be required to complete undergraduate courses at Shippensburg before beginning the MBA curriculum.
#19. CLARION UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Clarion University has a number of notable alumni, including former Olympic and WWE wrestling champion Kurt Angle and Kentucky University basketball head coach John Calipari. Clarion is home to a Master of Business Administration program, the major objective of which is to give students a solid core of knowledge about the theories, techniques, and practices of problem-solving in business. Classes for the program are offered in the evening to accommodate employed or part-time students. The Clarion MBA includes 30 credit hours of coursework, divided between 24 hours of core coursework and six hours of elective coursework. Core coursework includes classes such as Leadership and Organization, Legal & Ethical Environment of Business, and Managerial Finance. Students then choose elective courses, which can lead to a concentration in Healthcare or Finance.
In addition to the MBA program itself, Clarion offers a Pre-MBA Foundation certificate, which provides students with knowledge on the business principles at the core of the MBA. This program will likely be most beneficial to students from non-business backgrounds who wish to pursue the MBA program. Clarion offers a number of different scholarship opportunities for students, to make its programs as affordable as possible, including Athletic, Merit, Endowed, and county scholarships. Applicants for graduate study at Clarion are expected to have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75. The MBA program does not require students to submit any letters of recommendation.
#20. POINT PARK UNIVERSITY
Each year the Point Park music department helps to put on the school radio station's Annual Rock-A-Thon, which raises money for families living in the local area. The Point Park Master of Business Administration program takes, on average, two to three years for students to complete. Students in the program end up completing 36 credit hours of courses that last eight weeks each. The series of courses is the same for all students, which allows them to build connections within their cohort and ensures that they receive a wide range of business knowledge and skills. Point Park's core MBA classes cover Ethical Leadership, Corporate Finance, and a number of courses focus on quantitative methodology. The final course in the core sequence is a Strategic Planning capstone course.
Applicants to the program must submit two letters of recommendation and a 500-word statement of purpose, along with their transcripts. Graduates from the program have gone on to pursue careers such as Marketing Manager, Financial Manager, Managerial Consultant, Investment Banker, and Sales Manager. Students are not required to have a bachelor's degree in business or a related field. The Strategic Planning course that ends the program is designed to help students to "identify, comprehend, and appraise an organization's strategies and policies." Other core courses from the program include Legal Environment of Business, Organizational Systems, and Organizational Behavior.
#21. INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Indiana University of Pennsylvania may sound like a confusing name at first, but there is an Indiana County within Pennsylvania where many of the school's first investors came from. IUP is home to a Master of Business Administration program designed to create leaders for a globally competitive business environment. The degree can either be taken as a general MBA or students may choose to add an optional specialization. Students who wish to pursue a specialization will need to complete an additional nine to 12 credit hours of coursework. Students must complete at least 12 courses for 36 credit hours. The list of core courses includes classes such as Management Accounting, Organizational Analysis, and Marketing Management. Students may also pursue elective courses, as well as internship or practicum experiences which count as elective courses.
Specialization options in the Indian University MBA are as follows: Professional Accountancy, Marketing, Information Systems, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, and Supply Chain Management. The MBA program has a number of on-campus experiences for MBA students to supplement their professional development and networking. Events such as Business Day at the school of business, or separate events through the Small Business Institute, give students intimate opportunities to form professional connections with classmates, faculty, and business-industry leaders. The local business environment also allows for unique case study opportunities, including those involving the Jimmy Stewart Airport and the Indiana Medical Research Center. On-campus students have the opportunity to earn graduate assistantships worth up to 50% of tuition.
#22. ROSEMONT COLLEGE
Rosemont College originally began as a women's college founded by the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, but the school now has a student population with almost 40% male students. Rosemont is home to an 11-course, 33 credit hour Master of Business Administration program. Each course in the program lasts for a total of seven weeks. Students in the program cover a wide age range, with students from their late twenties into their fifties taking part in the MBA. Classes are reading- and writing-intensive and students should have at least three years of management experience to be eligible for the program. Courses in the program are preset and cover topics such as Leadership Fundamentals, Managerial Accounting, Economics in the Workplace, and Competing in a Global Market. Students must complete an original thesis at the end of the program.
Rosemont has a number of graduate certificate programs available to students, including those focused on Healthcare Administration, Leadership Studies, Entrepreneurship, and Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Rosemont also offers graduate certificates related to subjects such as creative writing. Students may transfer in a maximum of up to six graduate credits into the program. There is an evening version of the program available on campus, with classes meeting once per week. Applicants to the program are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores, however, an in-person interview is required for each applicant to the program. Additional core course subjects in the program include Financial Principles and Policies and International Law.
#23. CARLOW UNIVERSITY
Located in downtown Pittsburgh, Carlow University's nickname is the "Celtics", because a large amount of the early student body was Irish. Carlow offers an online Master of Business Administration program. Core courses in the program cover business writing, strategic analysis, decision making for leaders, and Advances in IT and IT Management. Students may pursue a concentration as a part of their MBA, with options such a Fraud and Forensics or Human Resource Management available for students to choose. Students work in cohorts and generally progress through the program in cohorts as well. The total credit requirement for the program is 36 credit hours, parsed out between nine core courses and three concentration courses. Each concentration has its own capstone or culminating experience course.
Each semester, Carlow University welcomes an Executive in Residence, who is an experienced leader currently holding an executive position at a non-profit or for-profit organization. This professional engages MBA students through presentations, an MBA dinner event, as well as attending classes and final student presentations. This real-world resource allows students to get immediate, career-relevant feedback on their progress through the MBA. Additional concentration options for students in the MBA program include Leadership Management, Healthcare Management, Leadership and Management, and Project Management. Carlow University allows students to take courses online, in-person, or through a mixture of both formats. Applicants to the program should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and they are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores.
#24. KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY
Kutztown is the alma mater of both Professional Football Hall of Fame member Andre Reed and Fleetwood Mac guitarist Rick Vito. The Kutztown Master of Business Administration program includes ten courses for a total of 30 credit hours. Nine of the program courses are required, while the tenth course is an elective chosen by the student. Core courses include Managing Enterprise Technology, Operations Management Theory and Practice, and Organizational Leadership. Students who do not require prerequisite foundations course can complete the program in as few as 16 months. For their elective course, students may elect to do an independent study with a professor within the program or to complete an international immersion. The program ends with a Business Policy and Strategy capstone course.
MBA courses begin in either the August or January semester. Independent Studies or International Immersions are normally scheduled during one of the summer sessions, which last from either May to June or July to August. Students in the MBA program have up to six years to complete the requirements for graduation. The Kutztown MBA is structured in a hybrid format, which bridges the gap between face-to-face and online coursework. Applicants who have significant managerial work experience, possess a terminal master's degree, hold a professional certification, or meet specific undergraduate GPA requirements may qualify to have the GMAT score requirement of the application waived. Graduate Assistantships are available for students in the program and cover tuition costs, as well as offer up to a $7,500 annual stipend.
#25. SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY
Slippery Rock has one of the largest campuses in the state, with more than 2.4 square kilometers of land. Slippery Rock University offers an online Master of Business Administration program, which can be taken as either a 30 credit hour general degree or a 36 credit hour degree with a specialization. Concentrations are available for students in Accounting/Finance and Management/Marketing. Core courses make up the large majority of classes, such as Managerial Economics, Quantitative Analysis, and Organizational Dynamics. Students take three to six credits of elective coursework, such as Sales Management or Business Law from the Marketing/Management concentration. Students in this concentration complete their electives with either a Master's Project course or a Management Seminar course.
Applicants to the program must have completed a Pre-Calculus, Business Statistics, or higher level quantitative course with a grade of C or better. Students may also satisfy this requirement through their GMAT quantitative score, which should be within the range of 450. The program can be completed in just over a year for a student taking courses full-time. Other elective course options available in the program include Strategic Corporate Communication and Advanced Corporate Finance. There is also a blended version of the MBA program, which allows students to experience both online and in-person elements of the degree program. Students have the option of pursuing either version of the program, with start dates available in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.
#26. CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
California University of Pennsylvania's online learning opportunities are incredibly popular. With more than 70 online associates, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees. Cal U is home to an online Master of Business Administration program. Students take 36 credit hours of coursework, which is divided between 24 hours of core courses and 12 hours of electives. Students begin with the business core, covering topics such as economic analysis, corporate finance, and human resource management. Students then take four elective courses. The Cal U curriculum is designed to, provide a balanced education and train students for career opportunities at home and abroad. Students can complete the degree program in as few as 12 months, but students have flexibility in choosing the time schedule that is best for them.
Applicants who lack an undergraduate degree with a business or related major will be required to take up to three foundation courses. The three foundation courses for the MBA program are Financial Accounting, Intro Microeconomics, and Business Statistics/Statistics. Applicants are expected to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and to have a GPA of at least 3.0. Students may also be granted conditional admission, which gives them two semesters to meet foundation course requirements or to show preparedness for graduate study (for those beneath the GPA floor mentioned above). There are also a number of student organizations designed to build business networks among students and to develop leadership skills. These organizations include the Finance Club and the Student Accounting Association.
#27. CAIRN UNIVERSITY
Cairn University began as the Bible Institute of Pennsylvania in 1913 but changed its name in 2012. Cairn has a 42 credit hour online Master of Business Administration program, which students usually complete in an average of 20 months. Courses are scheduled in modules, which allow students to take one, two, or even three courses at a time. Cairn offers eight concentration areas for students to pursue, along with allowing students the option of creating their own concentration in consultation with their advisor. The first three courses in the program for most students are Market Discovery & Analysis, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and Overview of Christian Theology. Students then take courses such as Theology of Leadership and Business and complete a capstone project during their later semesters.
Cairn University is a Christian University, which incorporates Biblical and Christian theological elements into its curriculum. Students can receive credit for their previous learning experience or coursework at the discretion of the program advisor and only up to six credits. Students may also earn advanced standing for Bible or theology credits earned at an accredited Bible college or Christian school of higher education. Concentration areas such as Entrepreneurship and Strategic Planning and Management require students to complete some work on campus. Applicants should have a minimum 2.5 GPA during their undergraduate coursework and will be required to maintain this level of performance to graduate from the program.
#28. SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY
Saint Francis University is a Catholic liberal arts university located in Loretto, PA, and was founded by the Franciscian Friars of the Third Order Regular in 1847. The Saint Francis Master of Business Administration can be completed as a fully online degree through the Shields School of Business. There are eleven courses in the program that students are required to take, including three courses dedicated to a concentration. Some sample courses from the program include Managerial Accounting, Business Analytics for Decision Making, and Financial Statement Analysis. Elective courses cover topics such as Health Policy, Strategic Planning, and Ethical Decision Making. Overall, students must complete 33 credit hours of coursework, as either a part-time or full-time student. Concentrations for the program include options such as Accounting, Finance, and Healthcare Administration.
Applicants to the program are required to prepare and submit two letters of recommendation, official transcripts from all universities attended, and GMAT scores. Applicants with at least four years of full-time work experience or whose undergraduate cumulative GPA was 3.3 or higher may have the GMAT score requirement waived. Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or else they will have to apply for provisional admission, which requires them to earn a 3.0 GPA in their first year of graduate study to be fully admitted. There are other concentrations available such as Human Resource Management, Labor Relations, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.
#29. MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY
Misericordia helps undergraduates find a job through its Guaranteed Placement Program, where students who are not employed within six months of graduation receive a paid internship in a field of their choosing. Misericordia offers an online Master of Business Administration program, which addressed the moral, philosophical, and ethical issues of management and leading businesses. Students can complete the program in as little as two and a half years to complete the degree part-time. The online version of the MBA program has concentration options available in Accounting, Management, Healthcare Management, and Human Resources Management. Each concentration requires students to complete three elective courses in the relevant subject matter. For example, students pursuing the Management concentration will take Organizational Leadership, Strategic Management, and an Integrative MBA Capstone experience, as well as a free elective course.
To make the admissions process as easy and streamlined as possible, Misericordia does not require students to submit GRE/GMAT scores or letters of recommendation. Class starts are available in Fall, Spring, and Summer. Misericordia also has financial aid and tuition deferment for eligible students. The on-campus version of the MBA program has concentration options that are not available to online students, such as Sport Management. Special conditions may apply to certain online courses or concentration tracks, which can include visitation requirements and mandatory online discussions with business and academic leaders. Students taking the online version of the MBA will use Blackboard software for their coursework delivery. And Misericordia has training available for students who are not familiar with this software.
#30. CHATHAM UNIVERSITY
Chatham began as the Pennsylvania Female College in 1869, before eventually taking on the name Chatham and becoming coeducational in 1955. Chatham has on Master of Business Administration program, which is specifically designed for working adults. The Chatham MBA is structured with 36 credit hours of coursework which is separated between core courses that consist of 24 credits, concentration courses that consist of nine credits, and a final business consulting project that consists of three credits. Some of the core courses from the program are Global Business, Sustainable Human Capital, and Economics for Managers. Students then have eight different concentration options to choose from, including opportunities such as Food and Agriculture, Sustainability, and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Students may also choose to pursue a Self-Designed concentration.
Core courses can be completed either online or on campus. Students have the opportunity to take one class per term from schools such as Carnegie Mellon or the University of Pittsburgh. Students with relevant professional or academic experience may be able to earn graduate credits through a Prior Learning Assessment. Chatham has a number of business relationships, which help CU offer benefits such as graduate assistantships and corporate partner discounts. Other concentration areas in the program are Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Information Management, and Healthcare Management. Chatham also has a number of dual degree programs available for MBA students, including joint degrees in pursuit of a Master of Sustainability or Master of Arts in Food Studies.